In what has already proven to be a certifiably crazy news day for Ubisoft, the publisher revealed its performance for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Sales for Ubisoft were up a staggering 45.3 percent, showing that even despite the “controversies” of last year, they didn’t impact the firm’s overall business.
Sales for the Ubisoft’s final quarter of 2014-2015 were down 12.4 percent when looking at the year-to-year results. Despite the decreased performance of the quarter, sales were higher than originally forecasted by Ubisoft, which is a nice fine line for the company to highlight.
When adding both Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Assassin’s Creed Unity’s sales together, the Assassin’s Creed brand, Far Cry 4 and Watch Dogs were three of the top seven best selling “brands” in gaming during 2014. Ubisoft’s market share increased a stellar 12.8 percent as well.
Ubisoft released four massive titles at the end of 2014, with Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Assassin’s Creed Unity, The Crew and Far Cry 4 all releasing within a matter of weeks of each other. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot talked about the past year’s performance and how their games fared.
“Ubisoft had three of the industry’s seven best-selling titles of 2014, proving that we can meet gamers’ ever-higher expectations for systemic open-world games, which offer more in-game freedom and allow players to create their own experiences. This performance once again demonstrates our teams’ exceptional and uniquely consistent ability to create blockbuster franchises, which enabled the Group to deliver a record financial performance in 2014-15 and lay solid foundations for its long-term development,” Guillemot said.
Of the games we know about now, Ubisoft has Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Rainbow Six: Siege are lined up for release during its next fiscal year. Apparently, that is not all Ubisoft will be bringing during the next fiscal year.
“We have another very high-quality line-up for 2015-16, including new Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance games, the hotly anticipated return of the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise and the launch of a new high-potential creation, Tom Clancy’s The Division. Thanks to these new releases, very solid back-catalogue and digital revenues, and favorable exchange rates, we expect to see a further improvement in profitability,” Guillemot said.
This is the first we’ve heard of a new Just Dance title, but it was to be expected considering the frequency and consistency we’ve seen out of the series as of late. In the release, Ubisoft went on to note that there is another AAA game, which has yet to be announced, that will be released during the next fiscal year. Perhaps we’ll hear about said game at E3 2015?
Ubisoft did say they expect the upcoming fiscal year to show lower revenues when compared to the year they just reported today. Hopefully that isn’t indicative of the confidence they have or don’t have in their upcoming lineup of games. Guillemot provided some closing thoughts about the company’s upcoming year.
“We intend to continue pursuing our strategy of in-house creation of major franchises for the entertainment industry. Driven by ever more engaged communities, the ramp-up of our high-potential live services and overall growth in the sector, we believe this strategy puts us in a strong position for the foreseeable future,” Guillemot said.
Tom Clancy’s The Division won’t be releasing until the first quarter of 2016’s calendar year. Hopefully we’ll hear about a release date for Rainbow Six: Siege once E3 2015 rolls around. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will launch on PS4 and Xbox One this coming Oct. 23, while PC will be out “holiday 2015.”